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Brewed by Hanssens Artisanaal
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Dworp, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 919   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
As with all Gueuzes, Hanssens is a mixture of several vintages to produce a lambic which is refreshingly fruity.

This is the result of blending different lambics of different ages. The second fermentation takes place inside the bottles and therefore they are stored for minimum six months in constant temperature kept cellars.



3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2005 Bottle 375ml. Pours an ipa colored orange with no head. Big barnyard aromas with notes of cherries and apples. Sour and acidic. Flavors of apples and must. Dry aftertaste. Thin mouth feel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Pours a thick transparent yet dark orange marmelade color with a few large bubbles sitting atop. The aroma is clear and unique reminding of champagne and sour apples. The mouthfeel is sweet and syrupy but very sour. The flavors echo the nose with the added complexity of lemon and white raisin. Some ale-like qualities appear before the swallow but overall this appears to be a genre of its own - even among lambics. The tart aftertaste lingers long. Not particularly my style of beer, but very appreciable for a change.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
375mL bottle. Deep, opaque amber color with a fizzy, ephemeral head. Sharp cider vinegar and horseblanket aromas, even moreso as it warms. Tastes like extremely sour cherries, rhubarb and old cider, both sweet and very tart. The citric acid stings but also reminds of much fruit, mostly lemons and cashew fruit flesh. Acidic and drying. Old shoe leather. I donít often get a chance to drink these sorts of beers, so when I do, I enjoy them to the fullest...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2005
375 ml corked bottle. Amber hue. Musty, barnyard, rubbery aroma. As it opens up, flavors of apples permeate. Along with a vinegar note. Tart apples and sherry vinegar. While it is tart, it is fruity. Sweet and sour at the same time. Beginning gummy sweetness, followed by a citrus, dry melon flavor. The wheat adds a grainy, lemon flavor. Sweet melon, tart apples, and sour lemons. For an unfruited lambic, this sure has quite a bit of complex fruit flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2005
Nice hazy orange-amber beer with small white head. The smell is is refreshing and has sharp edges. It has aromaís of oxidized apple, sherry vinager, kweepeer, goosberries, wet hey, barnyard ( Swiss Alp stabels ) and some hops. The taste is smooth and sharp at the same time. Again sherry vinager, some soft spices, sour apples and berries, some vegetal accents, row rubarbe and hops.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
derhumpen (6) - USA - SEP 5, 2005 does not count
Light grainy aroma, not really appealing. White creamy head and cloudy amber body. This sampling proved to be acidic and sour. Dry with soft carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mds (2200) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
bottle. unknown date. pours a hazy orange body with a bready-frothy head and sheets of white lace. intoxicating earthy aroma, apple skins, lemon zing, and generous acidity. terrific wild funk character, perhaps one of the more unique of the style that Iíve tried. there is a touch of sweetness in there but just for a very brief moment. grapefruit and lemon flavour towards the end and then a kind of pulp action finish on your lips that leaves you aching for more. phenomenal.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Papsoe calls these "taste-bud killers". I take offense to that flip characterization...In my experience a taste-bud killer is more merciful...this beer seems to be more interested in a slow prolonged torture of my taste buds.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
orei (3) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2005 does not count
The champagne of beers. Very acidic and fresh. Havenít tasted it since a trip to Belgium in 1996, but still remembers it as a one the best.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Blech! Personally Iím not a fan of the style. Entirely too sour and tart. Not at all a pleasant experience.


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